Raritan Valley Community College has received national recognition for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, diversity initiatives, faculty scholarship, student projects, and more.
Ranked Top Community College in NJ
RVCC has been given top honors by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, Schools.com, and Niche.com. All four websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. WalletHub.com also ranked RVCC as the 20th best community college in the U.S. Washington Monthly ranked RVCC eighth in the country in the category of “Best Colleges for Adult Learners (2 Year Colleges)” for 2018.
Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll
In recognition of the College’s leadership role in serving the local community, RVCC has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction.” RVCC was the only community college in the country to be recognized “With Distinction” in the Education category and was one of only two colleges in the state, and the only community college in NJ, to be recognized “With Distinction” in the General Community Service category. Since the Honor Roll was launched, RVCC has been named to the list every year and first achieved the honor “With Distinction” in 2006.
Student Honored as Newman Civic Fellow
Kaeley Ipson, a Civil Engineering major who graduated in May 2019 from RVCC’s Honors College, has been named a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Recognized for her leadership skills and investment in solving public problems, Ipson is one of 262 students across the country selected for this national honor. Through her service learning coursework, she assisted engineers at a local municipal office in mapping out detention basins and educating residents about retro fitting. Ipson has been involved with several initiatives to help combat food insecurity. As President of RVCC’s Enactus team, Ipson worked on an “illuminut” shake-light project manufacturing eco-friendly lights, with profits benefitting a local food pantry. She also volunteered at a food pantry garden; created a hydroponic competition for homeschooled students; and offered multiple hydroponic demonstrations for a food pantry, environmental center, and K-12 schools. As Vice President of Communications for the Society of Women Engineers, she participated in projects supporting young females pursuing STEM careers.
College Honored by National Diversity Publication
RVCC was honored in September 2018 with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. RVCC was the only New Jersey college or university to be honored in 2018. This marks the fifth time RVCC has received the HEED Award.
Sustainability Efforts Recognized
For the fifth year in a row, RVCC was lauded for its campus sustainability efforts by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). RVCC has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. RVCC now ranks as the #1 community college in the US in the “Air and Climate” category. The College also earned a perfect score in the “Water” category. Overall, the STARS program ranks RVCC as the #4 community college in the country, and the #7 college or university in the US.
In 2017 RVCC became the first two-year institution of higher education in the country to reach carbon neutrality, which is defined as having no net emissions after minimizing the carbon footprint as much as possible and offsetting the remaining emissions. The College also is River Friendly and is Bee Campus USA and Monarch Watch certified.
Honor Society Wins International Awards
RVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received several international awards—including the Distinguished Chapter Award—at the honor society’s annual convention in April. To be honored as a Distinguished Chapter, it must be ranked among the top 40 internationally. RVCC’s chapter also received one of 50 Distinguished College Project awards honoring its members’ efforts to raise funds to induct high-achieving students participating in the RVCC Prison Education program into the honor society. In addition, the chapter officer team received one of 30 Distinguished Chapter Officer Team awards. This award recognizes exceptional leadership among officer teams.